PhD in Quantum Networking

Department/faculty: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Level: Master degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 4 years
Salary: €2191 to €2801 per month gross

Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) is known worldwide for its high academic quality and the social relevance of its research programmes. The faculty’s excellent facilities accentuate its international position in teaching and research. Within this interdisciplinary and international setting the faculty employs more than 1100 employees, including about 400 graduate students and about 2100 students. Together they work on a broad range of technical innovations in the fields of sustainable energy, telecommunications, microelectronics, embedded systems, computer and software engineering, interactive multimedia and applied mathematics.

The Department of Quantum Engineering has a double mission. The first is to bring together EEMCS researchers working on quantum computing-related topics. This line of research is intimately connected to QuTech, as the quantum computing researchers of this department are also part of the QuTech research centre. The second is to work on various other computing technologies ranging from single photon detection and liquid silicon to big data, reconfigurable architectures, and dependable nano-computing.

The Networks Architectures and Services (NAS) section educates and conducts research in the broad area of complex networks, ranging from data communications and Internetworking, to other man-made infrastructures such as road-traffic networks, and to biological, brain, social, and financial sector networks. The emphasis lies on understanding these complex, real-world networks by topological as well as spectral studies. NAS also has expertise in concepts (e.g. routing, robustness) of network architectures, in the performance analysis of quality of service-aware protocols and Internet behaviour, and in strategic and business-oriented challenges for network operators.

Job description

The PhD research is part of QuTech ( Assuming that quantum computers exist and can be interconnected, the Q-networking research at NAS aims to understand, from a network or system viewpoint, how Q-technology together with the classical Internet can be designed and managed. We approach Q-networking from the classical telecommunication networking point of view and investigate where Q-functionality (such as entanglement and Q-algorithms) can provide new services or improve current networking. In particular, we would propose to:
(a) Investigate basic networking principles in the context of quantum communication: circuit-switching versus packet-switching, separation of control and data plane or merged as in the Internet, routing and forwarding.
(b) Design robust protocols for creating virtual circuits to enable long-range quantum communication. As quantum communication and entanglement cannot easily be realised over long distances, methods such as entanglement swapping have been devised to extend the range of quantum communication. Concretely, quantum communication is made possible by first establishing entanglement over long distances and then transmitting quantum bits by quantum teleportation.
(c) Implement and test: experience the features of quantum communication by simulations or small lab experiments.


The NAS group has expertise in Internet measurements, network robustness and epidemics, and quantum information theory. We are looking for a brilliant PhD candidate with interest in broad aspects of quantum networking, algorithms, and communications. The candidate should know the principles of quantum mechanics well.

Conditions of employment

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. P. Van Mieghem, phone: +31 (0)15-2782397, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application by 1 May 2017 to Prof. Van Mieghem,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number EWI2016-64. Being an EU citizen is an advantage.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Master degree
Working hours
4 years
€2191 to €2801 per month gross

Closing date
May 1, 2017
Vacancy nr.


For more information about this job, please contact P. Van Mieghem, Professor.

T +31 (0)15-2782397

For more information about the application procedure, please contact P. Van Mieghem/Quantum Engineering.